In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff

In Memoriam - Faculty and Staff


PrinPhoto of Kevin Brennant and Mail Services, died February 8, 2017, at the age of 62. Brennan began his career in printing by working at businesses including A.B. Dick and Ed’s Printing. He was hired at Chico State in March 1997 as a press operator and was promoted to press supervisor in 2002. After retiring in December 2016, Brennan moved to property in Red Bluff with his son, where he hoped to further his lifelong fascination with plants by starting a nature-inspired farm. He is survived by his wife, Carole Menard, daughter Christina Gravlee, and son Kevin Brennan-Menard Jr.


Photo of Joe ClarkUniversity Police Department, died February 8, 2017, at the age of 80. In January 1979, Clark was hired at California State University, Chico as a parking officer. He spent the next 20 years regulating parking on campus, supporting in the transition from free or unregulated parking to the permit-based system and in education efforts related to designated handicapped parking. According to his family, he always felt he spent his best working years with the University Police Department, from which he retired in December 1998 as a parking supervisor.


Photo of Frank GladenSchool of Education, Emeritus, died January 22, 2017, at the age of 91. He served in the US Army shortly after high school and fought in Normandy during World War II, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and Bronze Star Medal. He went on to earn a doctorate and in January 1963, he was hired as faculty at Chico State College. Gladen served as president and vice president of the Chico State chapter of the California College and University Faculty Association and as chairman of the Teacher Education and Professional Standards Committee of the California Teachers Association before retiring in 1988. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Professor Emerita Patricia Lyons Gladen, and three children.


College of Business, died January 13, 2017, at the age of 100. In 1946, when her husband, George Hibdon, was honorably discharged from the US Army, the two made their home in Chico, where he started as a freshman at Chico State under the GI Bill and she worked as a secretary at Sierra Tractor Company. Hibdon graduated with a BA in business education and a teaching credential in 1953 and a MA in business education in 1959. She was hired in 1969 as a part-time teacher in the business education department and taught here until retiring in 1980. She is survived by her sons, Greg and Alan Hibdon, and her grandchildren, Thomas and Lisa.


Photo of Bill HuntzikerPhysical Science, died August 23, 2016, at the age of 94. He joined the Chico State College physical science faculty in 1955. Hunziker furthered his educational pursuits while teaching at Chico State and earned his PhD in science education from UC Berkeley in 1979. After the launch of the Sputnik satellite in May 1957, Hunziker added astronomy to his course load and showed hundreds of students how to navigate around the sky in evening observations. To expand these opportunities, he proposed and pursued the installation of a campus planetarium which opened in 1975 and still serves students today. His retirement in 1986 coincided with the return of Halley’s Comet, and he traced Halley’s footsteps in England and traveled to Australia to view the comet. He is survived by his daughter, Susan.


Photo of Don KowalskiBiological Sciences, Emeritus, died October 20, 2016, at the age of 78. He joined the faculty in biological sciences at Chico State College in 1964. Kowalski’s research, which was published in national and international journals, was funded by numerous National Science Foundation grants, and included the identification of several new species of slime molds and other fungi. After retiring in 1990, Kowalski moved to the Mendocino coast, where he continued to follow his passion of botany by giving talks on coastal ecology with an emphasis on evolutionary biology. He is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren.


Art and Art History, Emeritus, died February 27, 2017, at the age of 71. In 1989, Kuiper began teaching art at Chico State, where he also served as department chair from 1989–92 and spent two summers in Spain as a professor through the University Studies Abroad Consortium. A compassionate and inspiring artist and teacher, Kuiper taught by example, inviting students into his studio, classroom, and home to examine deeper meanings of ambition through embracing the core of the creative mind. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Hannah, and sons Jesse, Joshua, and Seth.


Economics, died September 16, 2016, at the age of 64. She taught economics at Chico State from 2001–2003 and from 2006–2007, while also teaching at Butte College. After she earned a second master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology in 2000, she went on to also work as a speech pathologist in the Chico area. Lindsey is remembered for her love of music, dancing, economics, and making small libraries, including creating 14 libraries for the African Library Project. She is survived by her son, Steven Ritter; siblings Carleen Lindsey, Barbara Eding, Margaret Lindsey, and Terry Lindsey; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.


George MaderosPhysical Education, died February 2, 2017, at the age of 83. A Chico native, Maderos received his BA in physical education and credential in 1955 at Chico State College, and then his MA in education in 1960. As a student, he won 14 varsity letters playing football, basketball, boxing, and track and field—more than any other athlete in school history. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers following his senior football season. Maderos was a charter member of the Chico State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Chico Sports Hall of Fame. In 1969, he was named Chico State’s Player of the Century as part of the CSU’s commemoration of the centennial of college football. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; son Matt and his two daughters, Lana and Mattie; and son Clint.


Student Financial Services Office, International Student Services Office, Office of Graduate Studies, died October 9, 2016, at the age of 61. Messenger’s first employment with the University was as a student, while she pursued her BA in speech pathology and audiology. After graduating in 1982, she held various jobs through the years, including in the Student Financial Services Office, International Student Services Office, and then finally the Office of Graduate Studies before retiring in May 2016. She is survived by her mother, Catherine Calvin; sisters Leronne Wagner and Kathleen Beirman; husband Lucas Gordon Messenger; daughters Anna Lee Maloney and Jessie Justine Messenger; and grandsons Aiden Lucas Maloney and Henry John Maloney. 


Photo of Anne Nordhus

Department of English, School of Education, Administration, died September 27, 2016, at the age of 89. She came to Chico in 1957 after her husband was hired as a professor in the Department of English. She was a part-time lecturer in the English department and the education department, then served as a full-time visiting assistant professor in education. Starting in the late 1970s, Nordhus served in a number administration roles, including executive assistant to the president and in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and in the Office of the Provost before retiring in 1992. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip, brother Jimmy, and sister Fran. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Metzger, John (Lynn) Nordhus and Sara (Greg) Bernstein, and grandchildren Hannah, Gina, Katherine, Philip, and Claire.


Photo of Elizabeth Ann Stewart

Geography, died January 14, 2017, at the age of 80. She had teaching career that spanned more than 50 years. In 2008, Stewart was hired as a part-time lecturer at Chico State and taught classes in both the social science and geography disciplines before transitioning out of traditional universities in 2012. She also taught on 13 US Navy ships, traveling all over the world, and continued lecturing on cruise ships when she was ready for an easier life. She is survived by her son, Steve Stewartwhen she was ready for an easier life. She is survived her son, on, Steve Stewart.


Biological Sciences, died November 3, 2016, at the age of 56. In 1998, she Photo of Darhl Whitlockgraduated from Chico State with her BA in biological sciences and was hired that same year to teach in the Department of Biological Sciences. After a two-year break from teaching, she received her master of science in biological sciences from Chico State in 2003 and rejoined the faculty in 2004. Her colleagues and other members of the campus community remember her as a dedicated and passionate teacher who was beloved by her students, fellow lecturers, and professors.

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